PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2009) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Johnny Rogers, from Fort Walton, Fla., inspects the fan module of an F414-GE-400 engine
PACIFIC OCEAN (May. 08, 2009) Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Johnny Rogers, from Fort Walton, Fla., inspects the fan module of an F414-GE-400 engine from an F/A-18F Super Hornet for internal damage before performing maintenance aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate) File# 090508-N-2475A-033
Aircraft carriers are warships that act as airbases for carrier-based aircraft. In the United States Navy, these consist of ships commissioned with hull classification symbols CV (aircraft carrier), CVA (attack aircraft carrier), CVB (large aircraft carrier), CVL (light aircraft carrier), CVN (aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion) and CVAN (attack aircraft carrier (nuclear propulsion). The first aircraft carrier commissioned into the United States Navy was USS Langley (CV-1) on 20 March 1922.